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* News Release *
Thursday, April 29, 1999
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster broke ground today on a new salt dome that will increase on-site storage capacity by three and a half times. The new storage facility, located on the grounds of the the BCEO, is scheduled for completion by early Summer and will hold 6,500 tons of salt as compared with the 1,800-ton facility now in use.

"The more salt we can have on hand before a winter storm develops the better," Foster noted. "It obviously reduces the risk of running out and will also allow us to better help other jurisdictions should their supplies become low."

The Engineer's Office plans and budgets for enough salt to get crews through most winter storms; however, problems have occasionally surfaced with getting timely shipments from salt suppliers in Cincinnati. A two-week siege of severe winter weather last January resulted in dwindling supplies and difficulties getting salt loaded onto trucks for transporting to local agencies. That prompted Foster to hire his own trucking companies to expedite salt deliveries directly to the BCEO. Five years ago during a particularly harsh January the Ohio River froze, preventing salt barges from being able to reach the Port of Cincinnati.

Foster said a larger salt facility has been in the works for a couple of years. The BCEO treats 267 miles of County roads and frequently supplies salt to other local governments in critical situations.

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